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March 26, 2014

Alexandria's Young chooses Ohio State

ALEXANDRIA — Owen Young comes from a famous baseball family, but he's quickly made a name for himself.

And soon the Alexandria junior slugger will be taking his talents to the Big Ten.

Last month, Young agreed to spend his college days at Ohio State, playing for former Ball State coach Greg Beals' rising program.

"They have a great facility and great coaches," Young said. "And they have a real good chance of winning when I get there."

The Buckeyes have improved from 26-27 in Beals' debut season of 2011 to 33-27 in 2012 and 35-23 last year. The team is off to a 15-7 start this season and has been raiding Indiana for talent.

Ohio State's current freshman class includes Greenfield-Central's Curtiss Irving and Mount Vernon's Troy Montgomery. Zionsville's Troy Kuhn and Chesterton's Jake Post are in their second year of eligibility with the Buckeyes, and Lapel's Brady Cherry will join Young in the recruiting class of 2015.

Young came onto Ohio State's radar when pitching coach Mike Stafford watched him play during a baseball clinic last summer in Bloomington, and Alexandria coach Jeff Closser doesn't believe the first baseman will have trouble making the adjustment to the next level.

"He would be a good fit for any program," Closser said. "He's been around the block, and he's going to be a good player when he matures."

Young led the Tigers with a .404 batting average last season and added 11 doubles, one triple, one homer and 21 RBIs. He'll hit in the third slot of an Alexandria lineup that returns five regulars after winning a sectional championship.

The Tigers are ranked third in the Class 2A preseason coaches poll and have their sights set on a trip to Victory Field for this year's state finals.

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